The Palm Beach Post has taken Florida Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate) Bill McCollum to task for his role in the lawsuit seeking to invalidate health care reform, but so far the Seattle Times editorial has been silent on Washington Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate) Rob McKenna’s role in the fiasco.
No surprise there.
See, the Times editorial board loves Rob McKenna. No, that’s not quite right. They’re in love with McKenna. They want to have his baby. They’re willing to do uncomfortable sexual acts for McKenna that they wouldn’t do for just any guy. You know, metaphorically speaking.
But McKenna’s faux legal arguments are so ridiculous, and the Times own customers so overwhelmingly in favor of health care reform, that coming to their embattled AG’s defense could prove a risky business. If Frank Blethen thinks some of his paper’s previous editorials have generated an angry backlash, just wait until he sees what happens if it blatantly comes out in defense of McKenna’s purely political effort to undermine health care reform.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of boycotts, and as critical as I’ve been, I don’t think I’ve ever urged my readers to cancel their subscription. But if the Times blows McKenna on this one, they shouldn’t be surprised to ultimately lose hundreds, if not thousands of paying customers.
And that perhaps explains their reluctance thus far to editorialize on such a controversial issue.